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Al Jazeera America
Oct 30, 2013 5:00pm EDT
multiple fronts. the nsa surveillance practices at home and abroad have been front page news afte after the s from nsa contractor edward snowdon. now, bills are in the works in the house and senate that would rein in the spy masters. tonight on inside story we'll take a closer look at the nsa since 9/11, including its mission, it's practices, and it's future. but first this background. >> director keith alexander. >> reporter: demand for intelligence gathering reform are growing on capitol hill over the wake of revelations of massive information gathering. there has been crafted buy partisan legislation to end the collection of puck phone records and the government only focus on foreigners who pose threats. 12 years later the continuing disclosures of nsa surveillance has pushed them to try to rein in the broad sweep of intelligence gathering. appearing on pbs last night. >> there has to be a balance between privacy and security. the nsa and their supporters in the congress have said let's forget about privacy. let's forget about civil liberties. i can't do that. what has made america a
Al Jazeera America
Nov 1, 2013 10:30pm EDT
hasn't returned to the united states since he broke the story about the nsa surveillance programs for fear of being prosecuted. >> the nsa's goal really is the elimination of privacy globally. it is literally a system designed to monitor all forms of human behavior inside the united states, which is the ultimate surveillance state. >> last december, glenn greenwald received an email from a person who didn't identify himself. >> we still didn't know who he was, where he worked, but he was saying he had access to large amounts of very sensitive surveillance information that show the united states government was violating the law and abusing it's power. >> suddenly in my lap had dropped some of the most potent instruments for shining a light on what it is that they are doing, beyond your wildest dreams as a journalist. i had literally, physically couldn't breathe at points because of excitement and shock. >> the source was edward snowden. >> the nsa specifically targets the communications of everyone. it ingests them by default. it collects them in it's system and it filters them and
Al Jazeera America
Oct 31, 2013 11:00am EDT
allegations on the nsa and spying, and president obama trying to drum up some business for america. >> news today that syria has taken a major step forward toward eliminating it's chemical weapons stockpiles. organization for elimination of chemical weapons said that the country has destroyed the equipment used to make those chemical weapons. it comes a day before the deadline approved last month. more istanbul. >> the ocw said this was the most challenging mission ever undertaken by the organization. it's inspectors went to 21 sites. the remaining two were not verified by the inspectors because of safety and security concerns. what they did however was remove some of those items at the sites to be verified and inspected at another location by ocw inspectors. now, syria has met two key deadlines, but the most important one is yet to come, and this involves the destruction of estimated 1,000 metric tons of chemical weapons stockpile. the ocw needs to prav syria's plan for destruction f >> witnesses about the u.s. strategy in syria. ambassador robert ford has testified before the foreign rela
Al Jazeera America
Nov 2, 2013 1:30am EDT
. >> post, upload and interact. >> every night share undiscovered stories. >> in many ways, the nsa surveillance story can seem abstract. in the stream of new revelations from the snowden documents, it can be hard to grasp. sure, the government is collecting information, but what does that really mean for someone's life? to find out, we went to a meet a group of people who definitely know they're being spied on. >> after 9/11 it wasn't just the nsa that increased surveillance on u.s. citizens. here at the city level in new york, the nypd actually brought in two senior officials from the cia to help run a program to spy on its own citizens. >> the program, which was uncovered by the associated press, is targeting one community: muslims. secret documents show that the nypd is conducting surveillance of entire muslim neighborhoods and infiltrating dozens of mosques and muslim student groups. >> they visited bookstores, they visited cafes, they visited hookah joints, and of course they visited mosques... >> informants record conversations using hidden microphones, collect the names and
Al Jazeera America
Oct 29, 2013 3:30am EDT
" reporting that phone calls from surveye surveilled. over the weekend came news that the nsa has been monitoring calls from german chancellor angela merkel as far back a as 2002. >> i think the most important thing is to find a basis for the future on which we can operate, and as i said today trust needs to be rebuilt which implies that trust has been severely shaken, and the members of the european union share these concerns today. true change is necessary. >> reporter: when barack obama was running for president in 2008 he went to german and pledged a new era of unity. >> people of the world look at berlin. where a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proffered that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one. >> reporter: and as america's top diplomat landed in france last week the newspaper la monde reported that the nsa had monitored communications there. john kerry was on tour to discuss the syrian crisis when he was summoned to answer some questions. >> these kinds of practices between partners that violate privacy are totally unacceptable.
Al Jazeera America
Oct 27, 2013 11:00pm EDT
until the website is more reliable. stephanie boswell, picayune, mississippi. >>> the nsa monitored 60 million phone calls last december. el mundo is getting the information from edward snowden. comes from claims that president obama knew about and improved spying on angela merkel. not true. house and homeland security, says the house should stop apologizing for the nsa, and dick cheney agreed. >> important to the security of the nation and need to be preserved. >> the reality is the nsa has saved thousands of lives not only the united states but in france and germany and throughout europe. the french are ones to talk. the fact is they carried out spying operations against united states both the government and industry. >> a much different thought though from democratic senator jean sheheen. she called for the government to come clean about its surveillance program. >> i think the revelations from snowden and the secrets that have been revealed are doing significant damage to our bilateral ription relationshipsh germany with mexico with the other countries where the suggestion is we've
Al Jazeera America
Oct 28, 2013 5:00pm EDT
stories. a group of european lawmakers in washington trying to sort out the nsa spying allegations. they met with the chair of the house intelligence committee mike rogers. members of the delegation spoke after their meeting. >> we need to figure out why this kind of massive activity is happening and what kind of trust needs to be built. in the end we're fighting a battle with tight security and we need to get the balance right. we're concerned, too, about security, and we made that clear. but most of it is the balance of privacy of citizens. >> james comey was sworn in as head of the fbi. he previously served as deputy attorney general in the bush administration. >>> u.n. envo arab league envoys trying to build support for peace talks next month. >>> nearly a year after super storm sandy ellis island opens. if you would like the latest on any of the stories in our bulletins we encourage you to head on over to our website at www.aljazeera.com. once again, www.aljazeera.com. tony harris. >> tonight on "inside story" the united states spies on friends, not just foes. is this the new
Al Jazeera America
Nov 1, 2013 5:00pm EDT
revelations of secret spying tactics are creating an uproar here and abroad. tureous though the nsa tracked the conversations of millions of citizens and some leaders. german chancellor angela merkel had her phone tapped as far back as 2002. obama personally apologized to merkel, but there are still questions about whether he knew about the eavesdropping. >> welcome to the white house. >> reporter: when things go wrong president obama often grabs hold of the situation and works to correct it in a big public way. >> nobody is matter than me about the fact that the website is not working as well as it should, which means it's going to get fixed. >> reporter: but this week he seemed overshadowed by the generals and leaders in his cabinet who instead took the heat. >> hold me accountable for the debacle. i'm responsible. >> reporter: kathleen is h sebes endured nearly four house of questions in the white house. >> nothing that has been released has shown that we're trying to do something illegal. >> reporter: and it was a director of national intelligence james clapper and nsa chief general kei
Al Jazeera America
Oct 29, 2013 2:00pm EDT
future, one thing we talks about, this is a tough time for nsa, where everybody says what are you doing, or why are you doing it. but leer is what we do. when we get together, we don't -- well, maybe a couple times weeweeing but we say, it is much more important for this country that we defend this nation and take the beatings, and it is to give up a program that would result in this nation being attacked. we would rather be here in front of you today telling you why we defended these programs then having given them up, and have our and having them attacked and people killed. and the interesting part is we have shown. we can do both. and protect the chairman, and ranking member it has been an honor and privilege to work with this committee, even though at times you wire brush us. you know, that we are going to tell you the truth, the whole truth, and everything that we know, every time that's our commitment to you. and that's our commitment to this country. with that, chairman, that ends my remarks. thank you. >> the clock is reached zero. so i will remind members that we will rec
Al Jazeera America
Oct 30, 2013 2:00am EDT
>>> the head of the nsa defends the embattled spy agency, testifying before congress. congressman keith alexander says it helps keep terrorism in check. >> all eyes on kathleen sebelius as she is set to defend the affordable care act in a congressional hearing. >> one year later superstorm sandy is remembered. it was one of the most destructive and costly disasters to hit the united states. >> the ongoing war in syria - children diagnosed with polio because they don't have access to adequate health care and critical vaccinations. [ ♪ theme ] >> hello, welcome to al jazeera america. no apology nor excuses from the nation's top spy chief. the head of the national security agency denied reports of phone tapping of foreign citizens and told house members the nsa would rather take a beating in the media than give up a program that protects americans from terrorists. >> the national security agency says chiefs did not illegally tapped. they revealed rare details of america's intelligence gathering techniques. >> confident and almost defiant top spy chiefs made no apologies before the
Al Jazeera America
Oct 29, 2013 11:00am EDT
. curbing the nsa, putting the brakes on that mass itch data collection system. >>> counting down to the winter olympics. sochi trying to get ready. >>> the head of the agency in charge of putting together president obama's health care law with the affordable health care website. >> i want to apologize to you that the website hasn't worked as well as it could. we know you need affordable coverage. we assure you that the website will be fixed. >> she had cmk the centers for medicare and medicaid services, the congress people continue to grill her, tavener says the issues should be fixed at the end of november. she is the first person to testify about the website and let's listen in. >> i'm not asking for incomes verification. if a person signs up were they offered credible employer insurance? because that's been delayed, you have to come up with a new verification tool to determine their eligibility for suns dis. if a person meets the qualifications they can't get credible insurance. >> that's correct sphwhrp if a a -- if a person is twif years old, they can get that subsidy but if th
Al Jazeera America
Oct 28, 2013 11:00pm EDT
. world series coming up in a few minutes. >> a report reveals more about the nsa spying program. president obama faces questions from international leaders. the reaction from the white house and overseas next. >> and a company promises to crackdown on abuse as it prepares to go public. >> air and rail travel has been interrupted. thousands are without power. >> outrage over reports the nsa has been spying an world leaders grows louder by the day. president obama is ordering a review of spy policies. lawmakers in the house and senate plan to introduce legislation aimed at limiting the national security agency. it's expected to be called the usa freedom map. authored by a democratic senator and republican senator. the measure would hamper the nsa's ability to collect bulk phone records, provide restrictions against who the nsa can target and requires the government to delete information it collects accidentally. in an op-ed piece for the political.com, the sponsors write: >> the freedom act has a dozen co-spoon stores in the senate. >> the nsa is accused of listening to 60 million
Al Jazeera America
Oct 27, 2013 8:00pm EDT
♪ >>> hello, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm jonathan betz, live in new york. >> the nsa denies reports president obama knew about and approved the spying on germany's chancellor. >> after months held hostage farc frees a u.s. marine. >> syria submits a plan for getting rid of its chemical weapons three days before the deadline. >> remembering rock pioneer lou reed. the former velvet underground died at the age of 71, today. [ ♪ theme ] >>> international uproar over reports the u.s. spied on germany's chancellor is not going away. there are claims president obama knew about the phone taps and approved them - the white house says it is not true. we are getting reports that the eavesdropping started in 2002, before angela merkel was elected. >> this morning senator jeanne shaheen called on the nsa to come clear on the surveillance program. >> i think the revelations from edward snowden, and secrets that are revealed are doing damage to our bilateral relationships with germany, mexico and other countries where the suggestion is that we've lisped in -- listened in. i think we have
Al Jazeera America
Nov 1, 2013 3:30am EDT
casey. the capitol has been buzzing with high profile congressional hearings on nsa surveillance and the problems with the dare's rollout. in the halls of congress there's a heavy weight lobbying campaign under way to push comprehensive immigration reform. it's week applied by the chamber of commerce is forward.u.s. among others. it's a group founded by facebook's mark zuker berg. >> house democrats introduced their reform. we'll talk with congressman jeff denham, the first republican to join with democrats as a bill respond sore. >> president obama spoke to a room full of advocates at the white house on thursday in hopes of bringing the senate's im grayings bill back into the -- immigration bill back into the spot light. >> it doesn't make sense to have 11 million people in this country illegally an incentive to come out of the shadows, get right with the law, meet their responsibilities and permit ahead. >> the border security you economic opportunity and immigration modernisation act passed in the senate in june 27th. it's in the hands of the house. it features border security, do
Al Jazeera America
Nov 1, 2013 4:00am EDT
time about the nsa tapping world alabalealleys. fault lines correspondent explores what it is like to live under constant surveillance. ♪ >> in many ways the nsa surveillance story can seem abstract. sure the sgovment collecting information, but what does that really mean for someone's life? to fine out we went to meet a group of people who definitely know they are being spied on. >> after 9/11 it wasn't just the nsa that increased surveillance. here at the city level in new york, the nypd brought in to senior officials from the cia to help spy on its own citizens. the program is targeting one community, muslims. secret documents show that the nypd is conducting surveillance of entire muslim neighborhoods. >> they visited book stores, cafes, hookah joints, of course mosques. >> reporter: and record conversations using hidden microphones, collect the names and phone gragaits. >> how were they reacting to foreign events abroad, the egyptian revolution or the cartoons about the profit mohammed, what were they saying in the surmonth. >> to justify this, they labeled entire mosques as te
Al Jazeera America
Oct 29, 2013 1:00am EDT
. we begin with the latest in the nsa controversy. ambassador to spain, james costas it was called after reports of 60 medical spanish phone calls. >> the european union met behind closed doors. german parliamentians would like to know why they tapped chancellor angela merkel's phone calls. >> we are not considering our chancellor as a terrorist. therefore, i would say they have to think about or to reconsiderk . . . lz >> >> ? >> >>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie here are the top stories. a bipartisan group of lawmakers plans to introduce a bill that could strip the nsa of om of its powers. if passed it ends the agency's ability to bulk collect phone records and restrict who it can spy on. >> fighting in syria blocked u.n. inspectors from access to two chemical weapons facilities, a setback in an attempt to rid syria of chemical weapons. inspectors did not say whether the syrian rebels or the government was responsible for the delay. negotiations for access are under way. >>> abortion right supporters in texas are celebrating a legal victory after a judge found prov
Al Jazeera America
Oct 29, 2013 11:00pm EDT
house intelligence committee that phone taps on foreign citizens are not true. the nsa would rather take the beating in the media than give up a program protecting americans from terrorists. >> top chiefs say the agency did nothing illegal, and part of the problem is leaked documents. they reveal rare details of america's surveillance techniques. >> vigorously defending the job agencies do to keep america and allies safe. >> there's not been a mass casualty in the u.s. since 2001. that is not by luck. they didn't stop hating us they didn't say that they were going just forgive this. they continued to try. >> the work of the national security agency is under fire because of revelations by former nsa analyst edward snowden. documents he leaked revealed the nsa has been collecting phone calls and text mess inls of millions of citizens. congressman james sensesenbrenner, the author of the "the patriot act" is expected to propose a new law, the freedom act, stopping dragnet collection of phone calls from citizens, place stronger restrictions on who is tarted and appoint an advocate to th
Al Jazeera America
Oct 28, 2013 2:00am EDT
town. >> reports that president obama knew the nsa was spying on angela merkel. and leaders head to washington to discuss the spying. >> syria plans to destroy chemical weapons with a watchdog overlooking. >>> rock'n'roll fans remembering influential punk pioneer lou reed. [ ♪ theme ] >>> welcome to al jazeera america. ever since the federal health care website went on line this month it's been plagued by problems. now there's a new glitch. the data hub is down - halting online enrolment. that hub, going down sunday, verifies applicants' yoists and incomes. it's key. the problem was caused by a connectivity issue at a center operated by ver eyeson. they quote in a statement: >> well, the latest gaff is yet another head ache for health -- health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius, who is set to appear before a committee to testify. the glitches are blamed for low enrol. sam say kathleen sebelius should step down if she can't fix the problems with healthcare.gov. >> the president has been poorly served with the implementation of his own signatory regulation. if someone d
Al Jazeera America
Oct 29, 2013 2:00am EDT
embarrassing spying scanneddal president obama may order the nsa to stop eavesdropping on the leaders of american allies. this has congress considers legislation that would strip the agency of some of its powers i've settlement deal for jerry sandusky's victims, penn state agrees to pay out nearly $60 million to the 26 mena beused by the former assistant football coach. and one year later, remembering hurricane sandy. the super storm was one of the most damaging and one of the most expensive storms no ever hit the u.s. >>> welcome to al jazerra america, i am steff stephanie sa federal judge has ruled a restrictive abortion law set to go in to effect on tuesday in effect is uncons strungal. the ruling allows dozens of abortion clinch i cans to remain open in the state. >> reporter: even as antiabortion protesters rally outside of a texas abortion clinic in support of the state's efforts to restrict abortions. >> i am out here to express our conviction that human life is sacred in all its forms. >> reporter: inside those clinics, abortion providers are celebrating a legal victory that insu
Al Jazeera America
Nov 1, 2013 12:00pm EDT
launched. and secretary of state john kerry admitting that the nsa went too far in its spying program. ♪ >>> iraq prime minister spending another day in washington making the rounds today. he visits the white house. he is going to be meeting with president obama asking for help ending the violence he says has killed thousands of iraqis so far this year. mike viqueira is live at the white house. mike how can the u.s. help with this situation in iraq? >> there is no question there is a great deal of concern that iraq is sliding towards another civil war. the unitedations without a report today, more than 900 iraqis killed last month alone. among them, 852 civilians. another estimate has 5,000 iraqis killed since april as the country slides into more strife. the question is who is responsible? and this is his third day in washington and many believe this is not sectarian strife. many suspect that his forces are attacking sunnis, and a non-stop violence of sectarian violence continues today. not so says malaki. he says this is al-qaeda. what does he what from the united states? what can
Al Jazeera America
Oct 30, 2013 10:00am EDT
responsibility. he has not be taking responsibility for many things lately, the nsa scandal in particular, so we need to see him take responsibility as well. this has got to be fixed and fixed fast. >> jeanie and jason thank you. our live coverage now is over. ♪ ♪ >> one year after the superstorm sandy the eastern seaboard is still recovering. after billions were pledged for the recovery why are so many people still homeless and why has so little of the money basketbalbasketballbeenspent. >> president obama's tenure has seen it's share of controversy. how is his approval rating so high is he the second teflon president. >> and hard-core fans spend countless hours into the fantasticsy football league should they be able to spend money and b bye buy shares. >> we begin with superstorm sandy. 12 months after the storm batter theebattered the northeast. many are still waiting to rebuild. al jazeera reports from a stat staton island neighborhood that turned out to be the deadliest place to be in new york. in 2012. one year later recovery seems unlikely if not impossible. some chose to spend th
Al Jazeera America
Oct 31, 2013 2:00am EDT
care website fix go ahead by the end of november. knew accusations the nsa hacked internet giants google and yahoo gaining abscess to hundreds of millions of user accounts armed the world. the agency's director is denying the allegations. a diplomatic push is underway to end the war in syria. a u.n. special representative meets with ser vinnie president in an attempt to get him to participate in peace talks. >>> the red sox are world champions. >> for the first time in more than 90 years the boston red sox win the world series in front of the hometown faithful at fenway. ♪ ♪ >>> welcome to al jazerra america, i am stephanie sy. nearly a month after the roll out the government's health care website is still causing headaches for people who are unable to sign up for coverage. president obama is on the defensive and his health secretary has apologized, mike sresreuviqueira is in washingtoh the story. >> reporter: the website launch was called a did he back the. but the president went on offense defending the new health care law and drawing parallels with another high-profile laun
Al Jazeera America
Oct 28, 2013 8:00pm EDT
island and the new protection to prevent disaster from a similar storm. outrage over reports the nsa has been spying on being world leaders gross stronger today. president obama has he has ordered a review of the u.s. spy policies,.. >> their capacities continue to expand and develop. what they are able do doesn't necessarily mean what they should be doing. >> the platest allegation involves spain. the nsa is accused of listening to 60 million phone calls. answering questions. this afternoon new complaints from president obama's own party, the head of the senate intelligence committee democrat dianne feinstein says she's totally opposed to the nsa collecting intelligence on u.s. allies. a european parliamentary delegation now talking allegations face to face. more from al jazeera shihab rattans irvnsi. the massive allegations in spain over the last few days. they did talk in general terms, anonymously, the white house is briefing the press on its side of the story when it comes to angela merkel's surveillance. the u.s. tracked millions of spanish phone calls, he repeated the nsa's survei
Al Jazeera America
Oct 29, 2013 8:00pm EDT
congress send a message to the nsa. what about the spying on allies? plus... wall street record. stocks to all all time high. invasion of the locust. >> we begin with pay policy jeez and anger over the affordable care act. the first time since the problematic rollout four weeks ago, the obama administration is apologizing but that did little to ease the outrage on capitol hill. mike viqueira is standing by >> reporter: it's gone from a proud moment to an embarrassing episode for president obama and his administration. now, a top official concedes it's about more than just glitches. >> at first, they blamed unexpected volume, calling it a sign of public enthusiasm. now, four weeks into launch, the official in charge of the website offered this: >> to the millions of americans who have attempted to use healthcare.gov to shop and enroll in healthcare coverage, i want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should. >> that isn't good enough for republicans who say the faults run much deeper. >> the problem with obama care isn't just the website. it's the whole law. i
Al Jazeera America
Oct 28, 2013 6:00pm EDT
today's top stories. european officials visiting washington voice unease over revelations about nsa spying. penn state agrees to pay close to $60 million to settle claims involving former coach jerry sandusky. and a federal court rules on restrictive abortion laws in texas. ♪ ♪ >>> the white shouse under fire after another country comes forward to complain about america's surveillance program. a newspaper out of spain suggests the nsa tapped more than 60 million phone lines in that country over a one-month period. this comes as a european delegation is in washington looking for answers. al jazeera has this report. >> reporter: at the white house the presidential spokesman refused to be drawn on reports that the you u.s. tracked millions of spanish foe calls but repeated the nsa surveillance programs are being examined. >> we are doubling a review. we are mindful that some of these disclear us disclosure had tension in our relationships. with new capabilities we recognize there needs to be additional constraints on how we gather and use intelligence. >> reporter: tensions spiked
Al Jazeera America
Oct 28, 2013 10:00pm EDT
are the top stories. president obama says his administration is reviewing the nsa policy on spying, after weeks of protests from the european nations about ease droving on world leaders. a european delegation is in washington this week talking about spying reports with u.s. government officials. 26 young men will soon receive a payout totalling $60 million from penn state university. the school is giving this settlement to victims abused by jerry sandusky a little more after a year for 45 counts of child sex abuse. >>> rick perry says a federal ruling will not stop ongoing efforts to protect women. a federal judge has tossed out some abortion restrictions passed by the texas legislature this summer calling them unconstitutional. the new rules were scheduled to take effect tuesday. the state's attorney general is appealing the ruling. >>> those are the headlines at this hour. i am john seigenthaler. "consider this" with antonio moro is next. i will see you here with the news and you can get the latest on aljazeera.com. >>> the white house back pedalling after more nsa backlash. inte
Al Jazeera America
Oct 29, 2013 9:00am EDT
rebuilt. but in a few hours' time the director of national intelligence and the director of the nsa will face congressional grilling. we will talk with our correspondent in washington after this story by bernard smith. >>> this could be about to end. in an interview, president barack obama says that national security operations generally have one purpose: to make sure the american people are safe. but i'm initiating now a review to make sure what they're able to do doesn't necessarily mean what they should be doing. >> this has partly been prompted by reports in germany that president obama was briefed on the surveillance of chancellor angela merkel's phone in 2010. officials say that's not true and the white house only discovered surveillance in the summer and the bugging of merkel's phone soon after. the delegation that's visiting is concerned about the surveillance of tens of millions of its citizens. calls in the country in the space of a month. >> we need to figure out why this kind of activity is happening and what kind of trust needs to be rebuilt. in the end we're fighting a
Al Jazeera America
Oct 28, 2013 9:00am EDT
america's national security agency. according to nsa leaker eric snowden, there has been eavesdropping. the e.u. envoy will arrive in washington. >> reporter: that's right, they'll be joined by members of congress, think tanks and telephone companies to discuss the surveillance of citizens. this is a delegation that had been organized some months ago. the european parliament had set up an inquiry as a result of the news from eric snowden. we are expecting some sort of emergency delegation of intelligence officials from both germany and france to washington in the next few days to have talks, but we're not sure when that is going to happen. as for whether they're going to get any joy through congress we heard that europe should be grateful for the surveillance, it's keeping europe safe. we're not sure what you all are complaining about. >> they have also said that the french and the germans spy on the usa so don't be surprised we do it to you. this is quite interesting. angela merkel, apparently she has been bugged, if you like, for years and years, but the nsa saying barack obama, he doesn'
Al Jazeera America
Oct 29, 2013 12:00pm EDT
questions about an intelligence apparatus . the direction of national intelligence, and nsa director both set to testify about u.s. spying allegations from brazil to germany. randall pinkston joins us live on capital hill, and randall they said trust has to be in their words rebuilt between the u.s. and its allies. are stepping being taken to do that? >> given all of the issues right now, the administration certainly did not need the headache of having it revealed that the u.s. has been spying on some of its top allies. they are meeting with the nsa director, keith alexander who will be testifying later today on intelligence. they will be grilled, both of them, alexander as well as james clapper on the extent of america's spying operations and there will also be the introduction of legislation to scale back to modify the patriot act. this legislation will be introduced by the author of the patriot act, and among other things it will put restrictions on the gathering of metadata, as well as refining the extent to which america can engage in foreign intelligence, and presumably that will ta
Al Jazeera America
Oct 29, 2013 10:00am EDT
limiting the nsa's powers. spain is the latest country that was spied on by that agencies. >>> the obama administration is giving consumers more time to sign up for health care coverage, a six week extension. this will help them avoid new tax penalties. the move comes after the troubled rollout of the president's overhaul of the health care plan. that is it for your update. check us out at aljazeera.com. we will see you then. check . . lz >> >> >> >>> welcome to al jazeera america. stories. a bipartisan group of lawmakers plans to introduce a bill that could strip the nsa of om of its powers. if passed it ends the agency's ability to bulk collect phone records and restrict who it can spy on. >> fighting in syria blocked u.n. inspectors from access to two chemical weapons facilities, a setback in an attempt to rid syria of chemical weapons. inspectors did not say whether the syrian rebels or the government was responsible for the delay. negotiations for access are under way. >>> abortion right supporters in texas are celebrating a legal victory after a judge found provisions of the
Al Jazeera America
Oct 29, 2013 4:00am EDT
learn congressional lawmakers plan to draft legislation cutting down on the nsa's power. if passed the bipartisan bill would end the security agency's ability to collect u.s. phone records and restrict who the nsa can spy on. fighting in syria has blocked u.n. inspectors from accessing two chemical weapons facilities. it's a crucial setback in their attempts to rid the countries rivets a chemical weapons. the inspectors did not say whether syrian rebels or the government was responsible for the delay, just that negotiations for access are still underway. abortion rights supporters in texas are celebrating a legal victory after a judge found provisions of the state's new abortion law unconstitutional. the federal judge ruled the measure restrict aid woman's access to abortion clinics. stat is filing an appeal. tuesday marks one year since super storm sandy slammed in to the eats coast in the u.s. 182 lives were lost and the storm caused $65 billion in damage. making it the second costliest storm in this nation's history. less than 10 billion of the 50 billion in emergency aid from t
Al Jazeera America
Oct 28, 2013 1:00pm EDT
the nsa spying allegations. ellis island opened for the first time since hurricane sandy hit last year. and now there's a new fbi director. spain is now the latest u.s. ally complaining about those american surveillance programs. spain's elmundo newspaper reporting that the nsa tracked 60,000 phone calls during a one month period. comes as a european delegation is already in the united states looking for answers. live from the white house, the european parliament committee, they wrapped up, what happened? >> their first port of call mike rogers. you may remember over the weekend he was saying on the sunday talk shows that europe should in fact be grateful for all the surveillance keeping them safe. much talk after that meeting those, a frank dialogue, ongoing dialogue but this is how the chairman of that european delegation put the problems as europe sees it off all of this nsa surveillance. >> we want to figure out why this kind of mass itch activities -- massive activities happening. in the end we're fighting a battle in terms of security, we need to get that balance right. we'r
Al Jazeera America
Oct 31, 2013 5:00pm EDT
and texting is not allowed. a lawyer for nsa leaker edward snowden says his client found a tech support job at a russian web silt. edward snowden has been in russia since being grant asylum seekers in august. those are the headlines. "inside story" is next. >> an unusual coalition of big business groups and activists comes together to get immigration reform legislation moving. that is tonight's "inside story." hello, i'm libby casey. the capitol has been buzzing with high profile congressional hearings on nsa surveillance and the problems with the dare's rollout. in the halls of congress there's a heavy weight lobbying campaign under way to push comprehensive immigration reform. it's week applied by the chamber of commerce is forward.u.s. among others. it's a group founded by facebook's mark zuker berg. >> house democrats introduced their reform. we'll talk with congressman jeff denham, the first republican to join with democrats as a bill respond sore. >> president obama spoke to a room full of advocates at the white house on thursday in hopes of bringing the senate's im grayin
Al Jazeera America
Oct 28, 2013 12:00pm EDT
, the millions of spanish who have been monitored by the nsa, nothing yet. we have a briefing coming up in an hour or so where we expect questions to be asked. as far as previous allegations we have an anonymous leak to the wall street journal saying that president obama knew nothing about this until this summer when he had an internal review--there wasn't an internal review, he found about it then and immediately put a stop to the spying on german chancellor angela merkel. but other reports say that he knew about the surveillance of angela merkel in 2010. there have been rumbles of how the european governments could be careful because edward snowden may have information about how much cooperation european governments gave to the surveillance. >> as they wrap up meetings on capitol hill, what are they saying after the first meeting emerges. >> reporter: this is part of an european inquiry set up a few months ago. this has been long planned. the first stop at chairman of the house intelligence mike rogers who said he didn't understand what all the fuss was about, that they should be g
Al Jazeera America
Oct 28, 2013 11:00am EDT
. leaders are coming to america to get answers about the nsa spying allegations. >>> it is a year ago from super storm sandy, and people are still trying to recover. >>> and storms bearing down on europe, canceling hundreds of flights. >> europe is looking for answers concerning u.s. surveillance programs as more spying allegations are come to go light. "el mundo" report that national security agency spied there as well. they will now summon an explanation. it comes as an european delegation is visiting the u.s. >> reporter: erica ferrari has more. >> reporter: a nine member of european lawmakers will be in washington this week seeking sense. they'll meet with u.s. government and intelligence officials overall gas stations of widespread spying by the national security agency against e.u. leaders. allegations that president obama approved spying on german chancellor angela merkel. >> i can tell you that the president assured the chancellor that the u.s. is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of the chancell chancellor. >> reporter: and it's not just the european
Al Jazeera America
Nov 4, 2013 11:00am EST
leniency. snowden was charged with espionage after leaking classified documents about the nsa surveillance program. he's currently in russia where he was granted asylum. >>> tha film about the life of nelson mandela will soon be near you. we have the nelson family reaction. >> i'm prepared to die. >> the long walk to freedom had a tough task. from nelson mandela's days as a young man committed to the struggle of racial equality. the film spares no details of his 27 years behind bars. a time that history and the film proved only made the man and his cause stronger. >> your struggle, your commitment, and your discipline has has brought me to stand before you today. >> we should remember where we come from, and that this freedom was hard, and that it was won at a very, very heavy price. >> the $35 million film documents the inner works of the family. the film marked the day in south africans went to the polls and mandela became president of the incident. >> this story is so much bigger than me, any of us. >> mandela himself has not seen the whole film yet. the 95-year-old is bein
Al Jazeera America
Nov 1, 2013 11:00am EDT
meantime, john kerry has acknowledged that the u.s. overstepped it's boundaries. he defended the nsa's work, and he said that it was party that the agency had gone beyond what was necessary to keep the country safe >> in some cases, i acknowledge as does the president that some of these actions have gone too far, and we'll make sure that that does not happen in the future. >> the president is going to cairo on sunday, the day before morsmore so -- >> the rising tension of the region, israeli war planes are striking on syria. >> israel is not confirming flor denying the reports, they don't usually comment on these. we have had reports of alleged israeli airstrikes in syria. one in january, and that was believed to be on a convoy carolinaing hezbollah. and in october, reports of a strike on the syrian-lebanese border. again, no reaction from the israelis. but what we do know. israel takes the threat to hezbollah very seriously. it's a red line, and they're watching it closely in syria. and if any weapons get transported to any hostile group, especially hezbollah, they would take action. but i
Al Jazeera America
Oct 31, 2013 3:00am EDT
. spy agency been listening to the phone calls of the vatican. an italian magazine claimed the nsa spied on benedict and his successor. and it reported that he listened in on cardinals. the vatican says, "we are not aware of anything on this issue. in any case we have no concerns about it. >> in the next few hours results from an unofficial referendum. the oil-rich state straddles sudan and south suedan. the ngok dinka tribe held the poll. neither country recognises the vote. >> in france - a match you won't want to miss. francis hollande takes on the football clubs later on thursday. he's proposing a 75% top rate of tax. club bosses say it will make it impossible to compete at the european level and are cancelling to -- are threatening to cancel all matches in the final week of november. >> the box are world series champions, after crushing st louis cardinals 6-1, kath turner reports from the famous fork. >> the boston -- fenway park. the boston party has begun. fans that couldn't get tickets eventually made it into the park. the red sox victory celebrations is about more than spo
Al Jazeera America
Oct 30, 2013 5:00am EDT
agency. on tuesday it provided a platform for the director of national intelens and the head of the nsa to answer critics. james clapper insisted that he was following orders on the bugging of leaders, to give the president the best information possible on his foreign counterparts. >> as long as i have been in the intelligence business, 50 years, leadership intentions, in whatever form it's expressed is kind of a basic tenant of what we are to collect and analyse. >> on recent allegations that the united states was collecting millions of phone records in france and spain, the head of the nsa offered this defense. >> this is not information we collected on european citizens. it represents information that we and our nato allies have collected in defense of our country, and in support of military operations. >> for the last several month, documents that the whistleblower edward snowden leaked showed a dragnet beyond france and spain. it's failed to become a major issue in washington. the bugging of angela merkel's phone received attention because the strategic implications of being caught
Al Jazeera America
Nov 5, 2013 11:00am EST
of spying by the nsa. he says the u.s. is opening to discussion on the agency and its programs. >> president obama welcomes this opportunity to work with our allies, and ultimately if we get it right, which we will, we cannot only alleviate concerns but actually strengthen our intelligence relationships going forward, and we can all be safer as a result as well as protecting the privacy of citizens. >>> kerry's next stop is israel. >>> syria's humanitarian crisis is far worse than once believed. there is a new report out from the united nations, it says that nearly 9.5 million people living in the war-torn country need help. 6.5 million syrians are currently homeless. 2 million have fled the country, 4 million now said to be internally displaced. >> reporter: more than 40% of syria's population now relyes on outside help to survive. the refugees either inside their own country or seeking shelter elsewhere. and the situation is getting worse. the un estimates that figure will rise to half of the population in need of aid by year's end. >> it is not one single event that has caus
Al Jazeera America
Nov 1, 2013 6:00pm EDT
nsa sometimes oversteps its mission. he made that comment while defending the nsa surveillance work. kerry said the agency has done beyond what is necessary to keep the country safe. >> and in some cases i acknowledge to you as has the president that some of these actions reach too far and we'll make sure that that does not happen in the future. >> nsa leaker edward snowdon has offered to investigate the phone capping of german chancellor angela merkel. he spoke with the german official and gave a letter to hihim. >>> germany is the first european country to recognize this third gender. >> reporter: neither a boy nor girl, daniel la said she spent her life in fear, pain and shame because of doctors' decisions. now she's trying to make sure that the same doesn't happen to anyone else. >> i was born with so said ambiguous genitalia. the doctors could not tell me if i was a boy or girl. at two and a half months they threw my testicles in the garbage. when i was seven years old they cut my genitals to make me look more like a girl. the doctors always lied to me and to my parents. >> rep
Al Jazeera America
Nov 1, 2013 8:00pm EDT
forecast. >> all right kevin, thank you. >>> the senate votes to expand the powers of the nsa and edward snowden is now. offering to help germany. >> and president obama shook hands with the leader of iraq for the first time in two years. >> secretary of state john kerry is conceding that some u.s. spying has gone too far. kerry was speaking at a conference in london. he was defending the programs but the white house has concluded that reviews and changes are needed. >> in some cases i acknowledge as does the president some of these actions have reached too far and we are going to make sure that that doesn't happen in the future. >> lawmakers on capitol hill are taking up the spying being a at this times. the senate committee has limited how long the nsa can keep their data record. records. the bill will expand penalties for illegal spying. it falls short from real reform. >> one of the critics is journalist dplejournalist glen . the more information you collect about innocent people the harder it is to actually find the people that actually mean to do you harm. and the metaphor t
Al Jazeera America
Oct 29, 2013 6:00pm EDT
new legislation that would limit the nsa's ability to gather information. randall pinkston joins us at capitol hill. what happened in those nsa hearings today? >> well, tony, the hearing ended an hour ago after an unusual three and a half hours technique. the members of the house select committee on intelligence complimented the work of the national security agency which as you know are under fire since the revelation by former nsa analyst edward snowden that revealed documents that showed that they had been listen together phone conversation or scooping up the phone numbers of conversation of american citizens. the director of national intelligence said that the information was gathered legally, and the content is only available to a handful of people. >> everything that we do on this program is audited 100%. on the business records. 100%. the da data is kept separate frm all the other data we have. it's important to understand that the leaker did not have access to this data period. >> so randall, are these hearings setting the stage for the usa freedom act, and if so what would that
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